A KNIFE was seized and confiscated by police after being discovered in a public place in Oxford. 

Officers from the Cowley neighbourhood team said a member of the public came across the weapon yesterday evening.

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The item, which appeared to be a kitchen knife with a 12cm blade, was safely disposed of shortly after seizure.

Tweeting about the discovery, police added the hashtag #knivesruinlives but did not state exactly where it was spotted.

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In November a bread knife was found stashed in bushes in Meadow Lane in East Oxford along with drug paraphernalia, after residents raised concerns about drug crime in the area.